Dining App Makes Purchasing Food Piece of Cake
WCC will be launching a mobile app, Viking Dining Express, on September 5, which will allow WCC students to order their food in advance and pick it up in the designated pick-up areas, avoiding lines.
To get the app, students can search “WCC Dining” and it will appear in the app store. The app is free to download and easy to use, according to David Sklar, Executive Director of the Faculty Student Association
The homepage of the app features a Viking with the words “Order ahead, No lines, No wait!” underneath the picture. From this homepage students can follow the easy to navigate tabs to order food, share the app with friends and even get coupons for food on campus.
“This is something brand new, something we’ve never had before,” Sklar said. “We’re really excited, I think it’s going to be really great.”
Viking Dining Express offers students food from the Viking Café and the Crema Café in the Student Center. The app also has a feature that shows students how far away they are from each location to figure out how far ahead they should order.
WCC students can put their debit or credit card information into the app and they will be able to order food and pay for it in advance. Once students create their account, they receive 25% off their first order. As of right now, there is no minimum to order on the mobile app.
“We want to encourage students to not place an order for something that costs 50 cents,” Sklar said. “But as of right now there isn’t a minimum charge to use the app.”
The mobile app gives students access to menus, café hours and accepted types of payment, including Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Students cannot use their Viking Dollars when placing orders on the mobile app.
The Viking Dining Express will send students a confirmation email once their place their orders. When students arrive at the designated pick up areas in the cafés, they will be asked to show that email to get their food.
“It’ll save people a lot of time,” Sklar stated. “Sometimes we get really big lines, especially at the Crema Café. This will allow people who want to eat quick in between class or don’t have a lot of time the chance to order, pick-up and go.”
When students place their order, they are asked to select a pick-up time, which should be 20-30 minutes after the order is placed, according to Sklar.
“We’ve been working on this for several months,” Sklar said. “It’s really exciting and I truly think students are going to love it.”
The purpose of the Viking Dining Express is to save students time and help them to avoid the long lines they face in the cafés. Ordering ahead will alleviate some of that stress, since students will be allowed to jump the line and go straight to the designated pick-up area.
“We’re going to continue to analyze it and adjust it based on how the app is received,” Sklar said. “We want to hear from students about what they think.”